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    Malian Kora: Medium

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    SKU: M-M102
    $7.95
    Retail Price: $15.90
    Medium Malian Kora - 17-19"
    In African history, the Mandinka kora served as a way for historians, genealogists and storytellers to pass their stories and past onto their descendants. African kings would have a kora player to not only entertain them, but to pass down their history to the next generation. Kora players were not only musicians but oral historians, and their place was highly valued in griot families. With a sound that is similar to a lute and a guitar combined, it provides the sounds of Africa everyone can enjoy.

    The kora’s body is made from a calabash gourd cut in half and partially covered with cow or goat skin. The strings are made from fishing line which provides a brilliant tone and is easily obtained at the local market. The player tunes the kora by moving the leather rings to achieve the correct tension on each string. Kora players use a variety of tunings. 7" wide and 17-19" long. Due to the size and shape of this item, it may incur an extra shipping cost. Made in Mali. M-M102
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    Medium Malian Kora - 17-19"
    In African history, the Mandinka kora served as a way for historians, genealogists and storytellers to pass their stories and past onto their descendants. African kings would have a kora player to not only entertain them, but to pass down their history to the next generation. Kora players were not only musicians but oral historians, and their place was highly valued in griot families. With a sound that is similar to a lute and a guitar combined, it provides the sounds of Africa everyone can enjoy.

    The kora’s body is made from a calabash gourd cut in half and partially covered with cow or goat skin. The strings are made from fishing line which provides a brilliant tone and is easily obtained at the local market. The player tunes the kora by moving the leather rings to achieve the correct tension on each string. Kora players use a variety of tunings. 7" wide and 17-19" long. Due to the size and shape of this item, it may incur an extra shipping cost. Made in Mali. M-M102
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    Toni | 11/19/2015 8:03 AM
    These small kora are quite …
    These small kora are quite beautiful. The are decorative and can actually be played, if one knew how. Will order them again. They are delicate and must be handled with care.
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    Shaleena | 8/18/2014 6:37 AM
    The items seem to be made o…
    The items seem to be made of good quality. But, they are really small and my opinion only good as decoration. They are too delicate to use as a children's instrument. And, they only have six strings so the sound is limited as opposed to the 21 string kora. I wouldn't order this item at the same time as other large or heavy objects. From my experience, two of the Kora's I received, the gourds were busted and the company does a poor job of packing the items carefullt.
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